Al Bateen Majlis Hosts ENEC Delegation


The visit focused on raising awareness of the UAE’s nuclear energy program

A delegation from the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), led by the Chief Executive Officer, H.E. Mohamed Al Hammadi, visited Al Bateen Majlis in Abu Dhabi last week, to present to the audience on the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy program and the reasons behind why the country has chosen to develop its first nuclear energy project.

As part of his presentation, H.E. Al Hammadi highlighted the UAE leadership’s vision towards sustainable energy and thanked His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of United Arab Emirates and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces for their commitment towards the program. He added that this dedication displays the UAE’s informed approach towards environment friendly and renewable energy, and confirms their vision for the future of the UAE, the welfare of its citizens and the security and safety of future generations.

The event was attended by Jaber Mohammed Ghanem Al Suwaidi, Director General of the Crown Prince's Court of Abu Dhabi, along with several government officials and citizens. H.E. Al Hammadi gave a brief introduction on ENEC’s program and the latest developments and progress made at the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi.

H.E. Al Hammadi also spoke on why the UAE chose nuclear energy and the benefits it will bring, while referencing the full support and co-operation by the international community. H.E. Al Hammadi explained the reasons behind choosing the Barakah site, how a nuclear power plant works, and the importance of nuclear fuel and waste management. He also took the audience through ENEC’s human capital development plan, which includes the scholarships granted through the Energy Pioneers program to train the engineers that will safely operate the nuclear power plants.

“The visit comes in line with the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation’s efforts to raise awareness on nuclear energy in the UAE and to confirm ENEC’s commitment to transparency and community engagement,” said H.E. Mohamed Al Hammadi.

He added: “ENEC has set the highest standards of safety, efficiency and operational excellence. Proof of this was when ENEC won three awards in the 4th edition of Abu Dhabi Government Awards for Excellence in Government Performance 2015, which included the Most Distinguished Government Entity Award. Therefore, the UAE’s nuclear energy program became an example for corporate excellence and quality on a local and international level.”

At the end of the presentation, H.E. Al Hammadi expressed his delight to visit Al Bateen Majlis, as it strengthens the bonds among people with strong heritage and traditions.

The construction of the Barakah NPP commenced in 2012, and is scheduled for completion in 2020. With four reactors online, the facility will deliver up to a quarter of the UAE’s electricity needs and save up to 12 million tons in carbon emissions every year.